At the museum, on live television
an interview needed, with a quick decision
my Danish not good, thus a bit nervous
but can I provide more than lip service?
The one question on every Dane’s mind
I must tell the truth, but try to be kind
to answer in public I don’t wish to do
in case my rejoinder one might misconstrue.
“What do you think about Danish…art?”
I hem and I haw, yet don’t fall apart
“Whilst interesting pictures, not all to my liking”
(at least absent was depiction of a Viking)
I struggle with the words, at last get them out
“deep meaning in pictures, what I think about.”
A friend later asks me, famous art critic?
(perchance it was so, my words analytic)
carpe diem, I think, and thus do remark
“Indeed, now am I, World Famous in Denmark!”
And later that evening, in café below
Kierkegaard’s words emblazoned, how apropos:
“At turde er at miste fodfæstet et øjeblik, ikke at turde er at miste sig selv.”
“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily, not to dare is to lose oneself.”
The interview by TV2 Nord at International Tuesday, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg (9 October 2012) can be viewed here.